1966 Ford Mustang Hardtop Red
Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
July 31, 2015
Photos By: Courtesy of America's Car Museum

In our continued effort to pry Mustangs from dusty garages and encourage their owners to get out and drive these cars for everyone to see and appreciate we are happy to report that several vintage cars from America’s Car Museum (ACM) in Tacoma, Washington will be heading out December 27, 2015 for an 11-day trip dubbed “The Drive Home.” The trip is a transcontinental journey that will cross the U.S. this winter with three classic red cars from “the Big Three” and to represent Ford is a stunning 1966 Mustang hardtop. The trip will feature these three classics as they eat up 2,400 miles of roadway and make several stops at rallies in their honor, with the final destination of Detroit, Michigan on January 7, 2016 for the opening of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). We hope their heaters work!

“Cars are meant to be driven, not sit idle in a museum. Driving these vehicles from the ‘Big Three’ American auto manufacturers will be a celebration of Detroit’s automotive heritage,” said ACM CEO David Madeira. “The cars chosen represent an iconic era when the Motor City was undisputedly the automotive center of the world. And this rally celebrates the resurgence of Detroit and the American auto industry. I’m hoping many enthusiasts will brave the winter weather, hop in their collector vehicles and join us along the way.”

“All roads truly lead to Detroit, as it remains the heart of the global automotive industry,” said Rod Alberts, executive director of NAIAS. “This cross-country trek is a perfect opportunity to showcase both Detroit’s rich automotive heritage in the vehicles that are participating, as well as the future of the automotive industry in the exciting next-generation products and technologies that will be revealed on the NAIAS stage in the days following the drive.”

The 2,400-mile trip has planned stops along the way for enthusiast rallies where people can celebrate and see these three cars in cities including Portland and Bend, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; Salt Lake City, Utah; Denver, Colo.; Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.; Bloomington and Chicago, Ill.; and ending with a major celebration in Detroit. The trip will allow local car clubs and enthusiasts to join the drive along the way as it stops at auto dealerships, historic landmarks, and other car-culture hangouts. The Bloomington rally will be hosted by State Farm at the insurance giant’s headquarters. “State Farm has a 93-year history and a special connection to cars and the owners who love them,” said Ed Gold, advertising director at State Farm. “It is a great honor to sponsor this celebration of several of the cars that represent some of the greatest innovations that have been crafted in the United States.”

Net proceeds from the road trip will benefit the Hagerty Education Program at ACM, which is a program dedicated to preparing today’s young adults for careers in automotive restoration via hands-on, career-based training, scholarships, paid internships and apprenticeships. “The program is at the center of the Museum’s commitment to serve the collector community” said Madeira. “And what better way to serve that community than by ensuring that vintage vehicles will be preserved and maintained by skilled professionals in future generations.”